RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 5, 2014

TODAY: Putin begins Sochi visit with snuggles, insists that Sochi ecology has improved as a result of construction; activists denied Olympic access; Nemtsov whistleblowing on Gazprom; cases against bloggers double; U.S. ambassador steps down; Syria opposition calls on Kremlin to restrain Assad; TNK lawsuit. President Vladimir Putin began his visit to Sochi by cuddling a […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 30, 2013

TODAY: Gas war feared with Ukraine; new theft charges filed against Navalny; gay rights activist loses job; Russia breaks ‘Zero Waste’ Olympics pledge with 100 days to go; Rosneft sells TNK-BP stake. Gazprom is demanding that Ukraine pay its overdue $882 million gas bill, prompting fears of a new gas war.  Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 31, 2013

TODAY: Potash price war feared after Uralkali leaves cartel; Memorial slams sexist proposal; over 1,000 migrant workers arrested over brawl; Sobyanin may forego pre-election debate; BP earns less from Rosneft than TNK-BP; new trade war with Ukraine; Russia is injured party in Snowden saga, says Kremlin. Russia’s Uralkali has pulled out of the Belarusian Potash […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – July 3, 2013

TODAY: Amnesty accuses Russia of unlawfully transferring wanted persons; Snowden withdraws Russian asylum request; Maduro leaves Kremlin with oil deals; Rosneft completes takeover of Itera; Mayor of Yaroslavl detained; amnesty for financial criminals to take effect next year; OSCE urges resumption of U.S.-Russia adoptions; terrorist calls for followers to stop Olympics. Amnesty International has accused […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 28, 2013

TODAY: Kremlin cuts privatisation plan; Lukoil will not be bought; Gazprom anticipates loss; Rosneft may buy out TNK-BP minority shareholders; Navalny presents mayoral platform; Lebedev cross-examined, calls upon A-list support; Russia propping up Syrian economy? Obama says will not call Putin over Snowden. The Kremlin will reduce its original commitments to privatisation, with Prime Minister […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 27, 2013

TODAY: Golos ordered to cease activities; gay rights group head fined; vague laws permit Kremlin control; protesters detained marking Khodorkovsky’s birthday; TNK-BP shareholders say Sechin manipulated market; Gazprom to pay Ukraine for gas transit; Norway overtakes Russia as EU gas supplier; Snowden still in Moscow. Golos, the independent elections watchdog, has been ordered to cease […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 18, 2013

TODAY: G20 spy allegations provoke uneasy relations with U.S. and U.K.; Russia on its own on Syria at G8; Navalny takes witness stand; Freedom House sees worsening oppression in Eurasia; Alfa Group sets up London vehicle for $20 billion energy investment; Kremlin pulls reins on privatisation program.   New allegations leaked by Edward Snowden, that the […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – June 13, 2013

TODAY: Thousands march against Kremlin as Putin ‘elected’ head of People’s Front; Sobyanin wants tougher penalties for migrant workers, prepares for election; Germany slams new anti-gay law, Russia unswayed; Rosneft teaming up with ExxonMobil on Arctic; BP cuts Russia reserves estimate. Thousands of opposition activists marched in Moscow yesterday for Russia Day, calling for an […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Feb 25, 2013

TODAY: Udaltsov pays fine in coins; Mitvol home searched; Lomakin leaves United Russia; public smoking ban signed by Putin; Kerry to meet Lavrov; Shatto adoption row continues; Ukraine will not pay Gazprom fine; Rosneft to complete TNK-BP deal early; Rogozin on arms procurement; Chelyabinsk meteor fever. Supporters of opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, who is currently […]

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Dec 17, 2012

TODAY: Protestors stage unsanctioned rally one year on from mass protest; leaders detained; new case against Navalny; wages for investigators hiked. Worrying figures on media murders; duma gives green light to Magnitsky Act response; Moscow downplays change on Syria stance; Russia-Brazil helicopter deal; smoking ban approved. Police have detained around 40 people, as well as […]